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Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage

  • American Eyes: New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults, Edited by Lori Carlson. These ten short stories reflect the conflict Asian Americans face in balancing an ancient heritage and an unknown future. Includes Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam & Philippines.

  • Stella: On the Edge of Popularity, by Lauren Lee. Hoping to be accepted by a popular seventh-grade clique, a Korean American girl is embarrassed by her family's heritage--until a series of events gives her a better sense of who she is.

  • Necessary Roughness, by Marie Lee. Sixteen-year-old Korean American Chan moves from Los Angeles to a small town in Minnesota, where he must cope not only with racism on the football team but also with the tensions in his relationship with his strict father.

Celebrate African American History

Black hands, white sails: the story of African-American whalers, by Pat McKissack. A history of African-American whalers between 1730 and 1880, describing their contributions to the whaling industry and their role in the abolitionist movement.

Extraordinary people of the Harlem Renaissance, by Stephen P. Hardy. Looks at the many artists, photographers, choreographers, musicians, composers, poets, writers, and other creative people who made Harlem such an amazing place in the 1920s and 1930s.

Ida B. Wells: mother of the civil rights movement, by Dennis B. Fradin. The acclaimed civil rights leader Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) is brought vividly to life in this accessible and well-researched biography. Wells was a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and she helped black women win the right to vote. But what she is most remembered for is the success of her lifelong crusade against the practice of lynching--called by some "our nation's crime"--in the American South.

Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation: A Three-Dimensional Interactive Book with Photographs and Documents from the Black Holocaust Exhibit, by Velma Maia Thomas. This artful book was created as a carry-home reminder of the multimedia museum experience. Featuring fold-out, popup elements as well as envelopes and historical photos and documents, it reminds us all how slaves lived before emancipation. A striking keepsake and study for all readers dedicated to humanity and justice.

Malcolm X: by any means necessary, by Walter Dean Myers. This biography of the Malcolm X is organized in four stages: his childhood; his adolescence; his period of working under Elijah Mohammad; and his life after breaking with the Nation of Islam. The book examines how Malcolm's belief in Islam gradually taught him that not all whites were the enemies of African-Americans.

Rites of passage: stories about growing up by Black writers from around the world, by Tonya Bolden. A unique collection of 17 stories about the trials and triumphs of growing up, all told from a uniquely black perspective. The voices of the characters are diverse, yet all speak eloquently about the universal issues faced by young people struggling to find themselves and their place in the world. Insightful and thought provoking.

The $66 summer, by John Armistead. While working in his grandmother's store in Obadiah, Alabama, during the summer of 1955, thirteen-year-old George becomes friends with two Black children with whom he stumbles onto evidence of a violent death.

The Glory Field, by Walter Dean Myers. Follows a family's two hundred forty-one year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.
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More Great Books for Teens

These are the titles that have been featured in VOICES newspaper.  Be sure to check out the TNT Book Club at Club TNT.

Bloomability, by Sharon Creech.  When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, thirteen-year-old Dinnie discovers an expanding world and her place within it.

Speak! by Laurie Anderson.  After Melinda goes through a traumatic and violent incident at a summer party, she calls the cops and becomes a social outcast. Her freshman year is a disaster. As time passes, she stops talking--except through her paintings in art class. Her healing process has just begun when her perpetrator attacks again. Only this time, she doesn't keep silent.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, by Carolyn Macker.  Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote, by Ann Bausum.    Chronicles the final years of the struggle for women's voting rights, focusing on the activities of Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party and their part in the successful passage of the 19th Amendment.
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